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Green Bean Orzo Pasta

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"This is an easy, nutritious, warm, and slightly nutty pasta dish that pairs well with just about any meat. This recipe is very adaptable. Want garlic or onion? Add it! More pine nuts? Great! Flavored tomatoes? Do it. It will pretty much work with whatever you have or want."
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30 m servings 275
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.
  2. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add green beans, cover, and steam until tender, 2 to 4 minutes.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat; cook and stir pine nuts until toasted and fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Combine orzo, green beans, pine nuts, tomatoes, remaining olive oil, Parmesan cheese, basil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Substitute 1 can green beans for the fresh green beans, if desired.
  • If the heat dissipates too much, simply reheat in microwave for approximately 2 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 275 calories; 11.4 34.1 10.3 4 161 Full nutrition

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I had fresh green beans from the farmers market that were begging to be used and came across this recipe. Not only was I able to use the green beans but this recipe satisfied the carb portion o...

Great side dish! Easy to make too. I didn't have any pine nuts but tasted good without them. I will definitely make this again!

Very good. The roasted pine nuts give it a delicious nutty flavor. I used cut frozen green beans. Even good cold as a pasta salad.

One of my new favorites!

It was easier than I thought! This was my first time making orzo but it turned out great!

Love it,it turned out awesome and it tastes delicious!

Nice recipe that can easily be modified for whatever you have in your fridge/allergies. Made mine with just fresh green beans, olive oil, basil, and fresh tomatoes tossed with spaghetti noodles ...

Surprisingly very, very good considering how few ingredients there are. This will be a regular main dish for me.

I loved it..the kids didn't care for it, but they love and have had the components separately so idk. Would still make it again though.